Visit buoyed by Spirit of Newfoundland
I just returned home after a most enjoyable week in St. John’s, something I try to do every few years. Having been born in St. John’s, I will always have an affinity for the city and its people, but having spent 42 years in Canada’s Air Force, lived in all 10 provinces and the N.W.T., the U.S.A. and on two other continents, it has been difficult to get back “home.”
Before leaving Nova Scotia for this visit, I went online and booked what I thought were tickets for my wife and daughter and myself for a dinner theatre at the Spirit of Newfoundland in St. John’s. Ar- riving at the locale, however, I was chagrined to learn that the dinner was not at that site and the dinner would start in 35 minutes.
Four ladies, headed by Megan, started to search by telephone and on the Internet for the actual location. When the owner, Peter Halley, arrived, he said he was very sympathetic to our plight and would drive us to wherever the dinner was to be held. Unfortunately, the location proved to be Grand Falls, and Peter said we couldn’t make it in time for the dinner and show. He subsequently called the theatre owner in Grand Falls and explained the error; that owner was also sympathetic and agreed to refund my money. Peter then offered us reduced rates if we wished to stay and see his show - which we did - and the food and show were marvellous.
This event proved yet again the quality of Newfoundlanders and showed the true “Spirit of Newfoundland.” Thank you to all of you who saved our evening and made our visit so enjoyable. We will return. Maj.-Gen. Eric Ian Patrick, retired, writes from Aylesford, N.S.